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Javon Jackson's We Four featuring Jimmy Cobb Celebrates the Music of John Coltrane at Smoke 8/28-30 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Sunday, 23 August 2015
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Javon Jackson, Jeremy Manasia, John Webber and Jimmy Cobb


We Four
, Javon Jackson’s project focusing on Coltrane-associated compositions. Jackson first gained attention with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in the early ‘80s and had memorable stints with molten drummer Elvin Jones, a member of Coltrane’s “classic” quartet. Since emerging from these apprenticeships, Jackson has transcended his “young lion” status to become a noted composer and bandleader, heading up a dozen acclaimed sessions for Blue Note, Criss Cross and Palmetto.  We Four it features an impressive lineup. In addition to pianist Jeremy Manasia and bassist John Webber, this quartet also includes the legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb who worked with Coltrane when both were with Miles Davis 65 years ago but who sounds as good now as he did then. Hear them at Smoke on Friday, August 28th through Sunday, August 30th.
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Joe Lovano, Oliver Lake, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Dr. Lonnie Smith at the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival PDF Print
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Thursday, 20 August 2015
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New York  City Parks Foundation is proud to announce the 22nd edition of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, made possible with the generous support of the Dalio Foundation. Founded in memoriam of beloved jazz musician Charlie Parker, this festival annually attracts thousands of fans to two historic parks in Manhattan. The festival will kick off the first of its three days on August 21st in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, blocks from the famous jazz clubs where Parker graced the stage, and move to Tompkins Square Park in the East Village on Sunday, just across the street from the late Parker’s apartment. Almost sixty years after his passing, Parker is celebrated and credited for his contribution to modern music through rhythmically and melodically complex solos and his creation of the bebop sound. The acts in this year’s festival will offer a wide range of performances reflective of Parker’s music and of the ever-changing genre of jazz. From Dr. Lonnie Smith to Myra Melford, this year’s lineup will feature both jazz veterans and up-and-coming stars alike.
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Geri Allen Trio the Village Vanguard 8/18-23 PDF Print
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Saturday, 15 August 2015

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Geri Allen, pianist/composer, bandleader, educator and Guggenheim Fellow, is the first recipient of the Soul Train, Lady of Soul Award for Jazz. In 2011 Geri Allen, was nominated for an NAACP Award for her Timeline, Tap Quartet Project. Allen is the first woman, and youngest person to receive the Danish Jazz Par Prize. She is a cutting edge performing artist, and continues to concertize internationally. Geri Allen's trio with Kenny Davis on bass and NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Cobb on drums appears at the Village Vanguard on Tuesday, August 18th through Sunday, Agust 23rd.

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The Ben Allison Group at Birdland 8/11-15 PDF Print
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Sunday, 09 August 2015
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Bassist/composer and Connecticut native Ben Allison has developed his own instantly identifiable sound. Known for his inspired arrangements, inventive grooves and hummable melodies, Ben draws from the jazz tradition and a range of influences from rock and folk to 20th century classical and world music traditions, seamlessly blending them into a cinematic, cohesive whole. In celebration of his 30th year on the NYC jazz scene, Ben has assembled a stellar lineup of long-time collaborators to perform favorite originals from his 11 albums as a leader as well as interpretations of compositions by Joe Zawinul, Jimmy Giuffre and Herbie Nichols.  The Ben Allison Group featuring Ben Allison on bass, Frank Kimbrough on piano, Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, Steve Cardenas on guitar, and Rudy Royston on drums will appear at Birdland on Tuesday, August 11th through Saturday, August 15th.
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